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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Turkish Brekk before SMC..


So last night I got a bit of time to work on the Turkish Brekk here..

Again pulling the main comments from the judges from Euro, and others over time. Plus tips from classes and styles that I have picked up over time as well.

Biggest area that I cleaned up here is the shoulder..


I can see that my style or technique for blending has changed dramatically over the past year. I can see that I have the chance to make it more smooth with more time, and energy put into it.

Also the constant small washes, and glazes help to smooth it out better as well. Also helps that I did not use the Scale75 Orange Leather color, and instead switched to the Vallejo Model Color Red Leather. It is probably the only color I don't like in the range, but it might also just be the bottle I have..

What I also did was fix the shadows a bit further on the cloth as well. But this time instead of adding straight black, I mixed in some Blue to the shadows.. the opposite color to Orange. Wait.. what?!? I am using the color wheel and color theory ( even if it is basic ) to make it more interesting??!?! WOWzers!

I also touched upon the belt and the chainmail a bit more also. The chainmail came out great I think.. but the belt requires some more effort now..


The scale75 metallics and inks where used exclusively here.. and to great effect! I also applied them to the rim of the Fez, and cleaned up the overspilled metals from before on that as well.

Still more work to be done on the blue cowl.. but already I can see a big difference on it.. and after the blue cowl and face ge some touch ups I will be much happier with the piece here. Maybe some freehand after SMC will be added.. but I cannot say for sure at this point..

Onwards to Scale Model Challenge now!!! Not much longer now!

17 comments:

  1. Pretty good work there Mr. Lee.

    But remember, not every Fez-wearing guy is a Turk :)

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    1. Thanks. And this is true, but if you check my history, I spent a fair few years in Turkey.. so... my experience extends more that way than others ;)

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  2. Lots of great use of highlights to speckle light glinting off him.

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    1. Thanks Greg. Let's hope others see it that way also :)

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  3. I have a question regarding the scale 75 inks... How were they? And what is the finish like when they dry? I am really tempted to get them but don't know anyone who has used them :)

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    1. Good question Peter.. I like them. But I like inks as a whole though ( more so after the classes I have taken ). They have a decent finish, but are a bit shiny ( satin not glossy ). Really depends on how much you thin them. But they have quite a bit of pigment in them to bring some serious color back if you desaturated the area too much.

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    2. I used to use inks a lot, but haven't for a while... might have to get these on my birthday list ;)

      Thanks for the quick reply!

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    3. Well worth it. And glad to help someone from South London.. ;)

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    4. ;) Don't worry though Kyle, I wouldn't expect someone from the US to know the intricacies of London geography

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  4. I'm seriously impressed at the fine tuning that's going into these. The belt looks awesome now (it looked pretty good before to be fair, but wow now), great job Mr. Lee.

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    1. Thanks Michael.. am thinking it needs a bit more but not much.. but am more happy with the cloth updates :) Cheers

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  5. Nice Progress it looks fantastic so far.

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    1. Cheers Simon. It is getting there.. almost ready to maybe go on P&P as well!

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  6. Good work there, looking forward to meeting you at SMC! -Gerrie

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    1. Indeed Gerrie. Looking forward to meeting you finally.

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  7. Not bad! Always impressed how big your improvements still are (and your painting has become awesome). And I think you are developing your own style now. Much inspired from the Apes from the Jungle I think but not copying them. Awesome.

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    1. Thanks Paradox0n! That is probably the best compliment that I have been given lately! That I am developing my own style indeed! Let's see how next year goes and what progress I can make on it!!!

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